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Chapel address by Dr. Wayne Barnard

CLW CHAPEL: Social Justice, featuring Dr. Wayne Barnard

When: 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM on Nov 6, 2012

Where: First Baptist Church

Also featuring:    Tiny Hands International  (Merchandise will be available in the sanctuary foyer)  and  Jessica Eckenrod, Soloist (C-N Student)


Wayne Barnard serves as Director of Student Ministries for International Justice Mission. IJM is a human rights agency that secures justice for victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression. IJM lawyers, investigators and aftercare professionals work with local governments to ensure victim rescue, to prosecute perpetrators and to promote functioning public justice systems.

As Director of Student Ministries, Dr. Barnard provides leadership for IJM education initiatives to mobilize students in kindergarten through college in the work of justice. His duties include building and supporting model IJM Campus Chapters, strategizing expansion of student programs and developing relationships with Christian student ministry organizations.

Dr. Barnard holds a B.A. in Theology from Abilene Christian University, an M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from St. Mary’s University, and a Ph.D. in Family Studies with a concentration in lifespan human development and college student development from Texas Woman’s University.

Before joining IJM, Dr. Barnard worked in higher education for 18 years, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses at Abilene Christian University and serving as the Dean of Students and later, overseeing various aspects of student life as Chief Student Affairs Officer. During his more than 25 years of ministry, he has served as a pastor, a prison chaplain in the Texas prison system, a youth and family minister and counselor, and a guidance and spiritual counselor. He has worked as a Texas Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Texas Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and Nationally Certified Counselor (NBCC).

Dr. Barnard has traveled extensively across the U.S. and to more than 45 countries on five continents, primarily through leading university and church short-term missions. He recently returned from a one-year appointment in Beijing, where he guest-lectured at Peking University and taught philosophy and psychology at the International Academy of Beijing. He has also completed a six-month appointment as faculty-in-residence in Oxford, England.

In addition to his educational and professional experience, Dr. Barnard has served on the boards of Habitat for Humanity in Abilene and Taylor County Texas Child Protective Services. He has served for several years on the board of Harmony Outreach, an organization providing care and support for special-needs orphans and families throughout China. During his stay in China, he traveled to Harmony Outreach partner organizations training local staff and connecting donors for tangible program support.

He and his wife, Dr. Mimi Barnard, Vice President for Professional Development & Research for the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, reside in Washington, DC. Their daughter is a graduate student at New York University, and their son, former president of the IJM Campus Chapter at Abilene Christian University, is a senior political/international relations major.

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